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hello people out there..(-; im new here!!
September 15, 2005
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hi everyone!! i just bumped into this site while having my research..it cathes my attention and its seems that id like being here talking to people with whatever could bother me and helping them at the same time.. i just feel like i would enjoy being here, hope to hear from you people out there.. god bless and hope you all doing good..(-;

September 15, 2005
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hey how are you? what were you doing research on??

September 15, 2005
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about counseling.. u really sensitive huh?
(-; i was glad to find this site..very helpful!

September 15, 2005
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welcome to this site there are usualy more people here but it is pretty late. I got to go to bed now good night

September 15, 2005
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yeah me too i found this site yesterday...i haven't always been sensitive but lately i am extremely sensitive and i really believe that it has to do with me not really liking myself...i take everything personally.

September 15, 2005
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hope suppressed memories wont haunt your sleep..hehehe..just kiddin'! have a good night sleep!!! (-;

September 15, 2005
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Hi Miss, Welcome to the site. Just wondering from what angle you were researching counseling from?

September 15, 2005
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thanks!! glad to be here (did i said that a million times already?) from what angle? didn't get much your question? anyway, im researching counseling coz i have to, guess you know what i mean.. who would research on counseling if my interest is apart from it or if im not related with that word?

September 15, 2005
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hi miss.....i'm a wreck and so are a lot of us....we just try to help each other and be there for each other

September 15, 2005
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Sorry for the ambiguity. I meant are you researching it for school, b/c you are a counselor, b/c you are seeking counseling?

September 15, 2005
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September 15, 2005
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yah, ds78! we are all a wreck, everyone i guess for as long as they are human..we're not perfect, right? so in one way or another, we would always have some wreckage with us.. good thing about us is that we are aware of it and we have our means of trying to mend it and one of that means is to come here and talk it out..but i didnt came here for that..it was just an accident i bumped into this site and found out that there is a conversation goin on.. id love to talk out my sentiments of course and seek for someone whod listen and perhaps gives their ideas..

cptt, im not a student..(-; im already working in the counseling field..that was why i was reserching on that..but dont exepct too much from me,huh?! hehehe

September 15, 2005
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well in that case can I ask you a question?

September 15, 2005
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yah sure. shoot.. (-;

September 15, 2005
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Okay, I posted this earlier this month and not feel as panicked as before but would like an opinion, if you don't mind

".My dad is bi-polar, my mom has always struggled w/ depression and when she was younger tried to commit suicide. My little brother graduated from high school, went to college and then started crying uncontrollably so he is pharmecutically happy now and my sister has HUGE anger probs and my counselor suggested she may have borderline personality disorder--and I read up on it and it fits---almost like the authors must have met her. Anyway growing up I would compulsively read about mental illness to make sure I wasn't crazy and to rule things out (not a strange hobby for a kid, considering the family 🙂 ), but I have always been worried that I was bi-polar like my dad. Not that I actually thought I was, but more like scared that I would be like him, worried. When I left home for college I had a hard time and became very depressed. I went briefly to see a psychiatrist for meds and talked to his social worker a couple times, but it was unhelpful and I quit. The psychiatrist suggested that I had bi-polar tendancies and it haunted me for a long time. After a lot of reading and self-monitoring and years living on my own away from my family I came to believe that I was not bi-polar I had just developed certain poor coping skills and ways of relating to the world from growing up in the environment that I did and that with time away from them and maturity I was okay. I have been struggling with depression for a couple of years and realized that if I am going to have a healthy relationship with anyone I have to do some work and started therapy last fall. I asked my therapist point blank if she thought I was bi-polar and she said no. I asked how she knew and she said that she felt it in her gut. and I have been making a lot of progress and feeling pretty good since starting therapy. We have talked a lot about being the lone rationale member in family and how that can cause you to question your own sanity and I was really begining to start to trust my own judgement. I have been taking zoloft and something to help me sleep and needed a refill so I went to see my dr. today and he asked me if I was bi-polar. It blew me away! I told him no, but my dad is. He asked how I knew and I told him that I didn't think that I was and that my therapist didn't either. He asked if my therapist is a psychiatrist and I said no, she is a social worker. He left the room and came back several minutes later with my prescription and something different to help me sleep and said he would only write them for 2 weeks and then he wanted me to come back. I asked why and he said to see how I am doing"

So I asked my counselor again about being bi-polar, and she said she is not concerned about that diagnosis, and that when you have depression combined with family of origin issues can look like bi-polar sometimes and she also thinks that I am a perfectionist, but she would like to know why the dr asked.

Any way I guess, my question is how reliable/professional is it for her to say she knows I am not b/c of her gut instinct. I have been seeing for almost a yr.

September 15, 2005
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what do you want to believe? to end this all up easily, i could just easily tell you to believe in her since it helps you positively.why choose to believe otherwise when it doesn't lift your moods and would leave you again pondering whether you have some illness or not? or worst you may just believe you really have it coz a certain person with a doctoral degree told you, you have that illness..remember, its your life..i am a counselor and i graduated psychology but no matter how knowledgeable i am with the technicalities of my job, it still depends upon my client how ill diagnose him or her.. its him who knows his life, not me..ill just have to rely on the information being given to me.. but i understand how you get so preoccupied with the thoughts of having psychological problem becuase you grew up with people who have tagged with some scientific whatever emotional disturbances they have..and to think this people are your elders and you look up to them.as a child, we used to pattern ourselves to that of those we look up so conciously or unconciously, we live up to what we think of ourselves patterned to our modeled figuree which could be our parents.. based on your story, when your therapist told you you're okey, you had some progress but when your psychologist told you that you might have some tendecy to have BD, it blew a shit out of you again.. look at your life! reflect on it.. even with your story alone, you let people around yu manipulate your psychological stability.. first, you family which leads you to get engrossed with all those psychological books which i think influenced you again.. what i'm trying to drive at is that its your life, decide on how you'll live it. its your decision not the diagnosis of some doctor who will put your sanity in peril again..its all in the mind, actually. sometime we live up to what our mind conceives of ourselves. there had been a story which ill never forget, this is a true story. there was this boy who think of himself as stupid coz his brothers and sisters are and his parents would tell him so. in a class, just after a grading period, a substitute teacher (since the teacher in-charge was on leave) had found a list of records on top of the table. she then call each student in the room for them to be able to see their grades. when it was the boy's turn, his eyes widen and a big grin was painted on his face. he thought " huh, with this grade who would think i am stupid? they are all lying!!" from then on, the boy performed plausibly in the class much to the amazement of the teachers. he even got the highest honor!only much later on, the substitute teacher found out that it aws not a record of the students grades but a record of the students locker numbers. but since she was already ashamed to tell the class, she just keeps it to himself.see, the power of how positive thinking! perhaps, when you were a child, a lot of people could influence how you think but i guess you're old enough not to let other people control what sanity will you have. my story is not a fairytale story coz its the story of my father coz the boy was my father. and i love that story coz it helps me for numerous times already. if the counselor helps you and it keeps you afloat thinking you're okey becuase she tells you so, the, believe her. but again, no matter what other people tells you, it is your decision wwhether you'll accept it or not. whether it brings you good or bad, it was your decision to be influenced negatively or positively..coz again its your life. (-;

September 15, 2005
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welcome miss guided, there are alot of great people willing to help you, and most importantly, there willing to listen and hear what you have to say. its good to have you here.

September 15, 2005
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Hello I am new here also. I was researching some information to present to my peer supportive goup and stumbled upon this site.
I want to say hello. I will return because I think this site will be helpful to me. I hope everyone is doing well? Have a good day.

September 15, 2005
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I was looking for several topics of discussion in an informal manner. I work for a peer run agency. Meaning we are suvivors, ex-patience in a self-help, 12-step setting.

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